Invasive Plant Removal Volunteer Work Day

Date:  November 20th, 2018

Time: 10:00- 3:00

Where:  Dalton Property, Madison County

Join us to learn about invasive species in Western North Carolina and remove them from one of our conservation easements in Madison County, the Dalton Property. We will include a brief lesson on the most common invasive species and how to identify them. We will be primarily concerned with Oriental Bittersweet, Stilt Grass, Spirea, Japanese Honeysuckle & Multi Flora Rose removal.

The Dalton property is located in Madison County, NC and was protected by SAHC in 2003. This 83-acre property was farmland before becoming the home of the Big Red Tomato Packing Company through 1987. The tract is now owned by the Dalton family and protected through a conservation easement with SAHC. The disturbance of the natural ecosystem on this property has opened it up to invasion from pioneer species. We hope to remove invasive plants in order to preserve natural ecosystem processes and provide a space for native plants to grow.

Volunteer activities will include invasive removal and site beautification. Work gloves, safety eye wear, hand tools, and first aid kits will be available on site.  Feel free to bring personal gloves or tools.  Please dress in layers and bring a rain jacket as we will be working at high elevations and the weather is unpredictable.

What will we be doing?

Invasive species management – we will use loppers and shears to remove invasive plants.

General clean-up– Collecting debris on the property.

More volunteer tasks will be available on the work day.

Basic Schedule

10:00 to 10:15 – Introduction, safety talk, invasive plant lesson. Volunteers will be briefed, divided into groups, and dispersed across the site

10:15- 12:30– Work in Groups. Volunteers will work with teams on a specific task with a designated leader.

12:30- 1:15– Lunch – please bring your own food.

1:15- 3:00– Work in Groups. Volunteers will continue to work in teams to complete tasks.


2018 Dalton Property Volunteer Day

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2018 Farmer Education Workshop: Pasture Walk

Farm Workshop: Pasture Walk — Invasive Plant ID, Control and Removal

When: Wednesday, July 25 from 5-6:30 pm

Where: SAHC Community Farm

Have you ever wondered how to make your pastures more robust and healthy? Join us for a walk through the SAHC Community Farm pastures with Ethan Henderson, Noah Henson, and Meghan Baker of Buncombe County Cooperative Extension.

We will identify invasive species and discuss control methods, desirable and undesirable forages, soil testing, and overall pasture health. This will be a question-and-answer walk-about, so bring your questions! If you own and or manage land this will be a worthwhile and informative workshop.

This  workshop is open to the public; everyone is welcome!

Cost: Free

Questions? Contact Chris Link at or 828.490.2565. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Rain or shine.

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SAHC’s Farmer Education Workshop Series is funded in part by a grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program under award number 2016-70017-25341  for Farm Pathways:  Integrating Farmer Training with Land Access. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Waynesville First United Methodist Church Volunteers at Doubleside Knob

On Saturday June 3rd, ten members from Waynesville’s First United Methodist Church came out to our Doubleside Knob conservation property to help removed invasive Oriental Bittersweet vines.

This tract is located within SAHC’s French Broad River Valley Conservation Focus Area. The heart of this area is the French Broad River, which is believed to be the third oldest river in the world — even pre-dating the ancient Appalachian Mountains. Our efforts to protect land in this area contribute to clean streams and rivers. Properties like Doubleside Knob are often adjacent to or contain headwater streams, and protecting the land helps protect these clean water sources.

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UNCA Environmental Studies Student Workday

One of the most fascinating qualities of the Roan Highlands is the complex bio-diversity of the region. High elevation grassy balds colliding with shrubs, spruce-fir and hardwood forests is a potent mix. In the Roan you can find 25 globally rare ecological communities, as declared by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and 5 federally endangered species. This is a major reason why we value the Roan and do close monitoring of exotic invasive species.

Exotic invasive species in the Roan Highlands are a threat to the bio-diversity of the region. So when Oriental bittersweet was found at our Grassy Ridge property, we enlisted the help of UNC-Asheville Environmental Studies majors who understood the seriousness of this threat.

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Volunteer crew transforms exotic invasives into hand-wrought works of art

p5050015.jpgOn May 5, 2012, SAHC stewardship staff teamed up with a dedicated group of volunteers to remove exotic-invasive species from a beautiful mountain farmstead. The crew worked for a majority of the day cutting humongous invasive oriental bittersweet vines on SAHC’s newly-acquired Robinson Rough

Robinson Rough is a 248-acre property near the Sandy Mush Township in northwestern Buncombe County, NC. 216 of these acres consist of steep, craggy forestland that continues all the way up to a high-elevation ridge that is visible from downtown Asheville. The lower 32 acres contain a series of rustic cabins and scenic open pastures. SAHC was able to purchase the Robinson Rough property in late-2011 with the help of an eager seller. Read more


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